Banstead Infant School, The Horseshoe, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2BQ   
Tel. 01737 354816

School Announcements:

Golden Boot starts this Wednesday and we have a special visit from Freddie the Fox before school.        Red Class cake sale will take place on Friday 7th May after school.    Don’t forget we have an INSET day on Monday 10th June, prior to our Open Week.      We still have places available for Reception starting September 2019, so if you are interested in viewing the school please contact the office to make an appointment.
Watch this space for the school’s latest announcements

About the Governors

Oaks Academy Trust

Banstead Infant School is part of the Oaks Academy Trust.   The Chair of the Trust, Richard Wagner, is a National Leader of Governance. He has helped take 3 schools from Ofsted Special Measures to Good, each within a year. You can see the structure of the Trust here.

As an academy The Trust must publish a number of key documents. These include the Funding Agreement, Annual Report and Accounts, Memorandum and Articles of Association and the names of the Trustees and Members. The documents can be found here.


Banstead Infant School

Where We Come From

Governors are required to act in the best interest of the school as a whole, not to represent any particular interest group.

We are elected or appointed as follows:

  • Parents. Elected by parents; must have at least one child at the school at the time of election. Are representative parents, not representatives of parents.
  • Staff. Elected by staff, must work at the school
  • Community. Asked by Governors to bring special expertise to the Governing Body
  • Head Teacher. The Head Teacher is usually a governor – We think this is vital, both Assistant Head Teachers also attend meetings, one is the elected staff member.


Governors are encouraged to attend regular training courses, events and workshops to improve their skills and for the overall development of the Governing Body.

All new governors attend two induction courses. Other courses cover specialist responsibilities and committee involvement.

To facilitate this, the school has bought into the Surrey Governor Training Package.

What We Do

Governors seek to maintain and improve standards of education. They: provide a Strategic View, act as a Critical Friend and ensure Accountability. Laws and regulations impose duties on governors, such as to:

  • Write and monitor the aims of the school
  • Monitor and evaluate the policies to be applied by the Head Teacher and staff
  • Ensure a Strategic Improvement Plan is drawn up
  • Ensure effective use of the school’s budget
  • Appoint, promote, support and discipline staff
  • Act as a link between the local community and the school
  • Draw up an action plan following a school inspection
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of the children

Local Governors at the School are delegated authority under a scheme of delegation from the Academy Trust for more information click on this link.


The Governing Body meets twice a term during the spring and summer terms and three times in the autumn. Whole governing body meetings now include items previously allocated to the Children and Learning Committee. We feel this essential so that all governors can fulfill their role in monitoring the school. In addition, there are two committees: Finance & Building and Staffing, Pay and Head Teacher performance. Committees meet at least termly. Governors monitor the on-going strategic improvement plan through twice yearly monitoring visits and committee meetings.
Governors receive no remuneration for their duties and responsibilities as BIS school governors.

Who’s Who

Full name of GovernorCategoryTerm of OfficeAppointing BodyNominated OfficeCommitteesAttendance at Local Governing Body Meetings 2016-17
Mrs Stephanie Jane Storrar

Headteacher24.9.10Governing BodyN/AAll CommitteesPresent at all meetings: 7/7
Mrs Ruth Wendy TunnellStaff1.9.16-31.8.20SENCoStaff of SchoolPresent at all meetings: 7/7
Mrs Joan Mary Hornsby

Community01.04.14 - 31.03.18Directors of TrustChair of Governors
LA Liaison (in case of allegations against the Head Teacher)
Staffing & Pay (Committee Chair)
Finance & Buildings
Head Teacher Performance Review
Present at all meetings:
Dr Ian Henry Rivens
Community01.04.14 - 31.03.18Directors of TrustVice-Chair
Finance & Buildings
Children in Care
Present at all meetings:
Mrs Geraldine Foster Stephenson

Community15.08.14 - 14.08.18Directors of TrustN/AStaffing & Pay
Finance & Buildings
Head Teacher Performance Review
Present at 6/7 meetings
Mr Andrew Kerr Stirling

Community14.10.15 - 13.10.19Directors of TrustN/AFinance & Buildings
(Committee Chair)
Present at 6/7 meetings
Mr David Keith Spilsbury
Community18.10.15 - 17.10.19Directors of TrustN/APresent at 6/7 meetings:
Mr Peter Leslie High
Community09.10.16 - 07.10.20Directors of TrustSENFinance & BuildingsPresent at 6/7 meetings
Mr Andrew WestonParentParentsN/A
Mrs Jenny Frances Blanks Parent23.05.16 to 22.05.20 ParentsN/AFinance and BuildingsPresent at all meetings:
Governors who have served in the last 12 months
Mr Mike Hickin
Parent07.09.16 to 06.09.20ParentsN/APresent at 4/7 meetings
Ms Ruth Marion Mantle Community 01.09.14 - 31.08.18Directors of TrustN/AStaffing & Pay Present at 5/7 meetings
GovernorName of Employer/OrganisationNature of BusinessNature of InterestDate Declared
Stephanie Storrar (Headteacher)
Banstead Infant SchoolHead Teacher
Banstead Infant School
Nothing to declare28.9.17
Ruth Tunnell (Staff Governor)
Banstead Infant SchoolAssistant Head Teacher
Banstead Infant School
Nothing to declare28.9.17
Joan Hornsby (Community/Chair)

N/AN/ADirector of the Oaks Academy Trust by virtue of office28.9.17
Ian Rivens (Community/Vice-Chair)Institute of Cancer ResearchMedical / PhysicistNothing to declare28.9.17
Geraldine Stephenson (Community)N/AN/ASpouse is a Reigate and Banstead Borough Councillor28.9.17
Andrew Stirling (Community/Chair of Finance & Buildings Committee)Lloyds Banking GroupBankingSpouse works for another Academy in the Surrey County Council area28.9.17
David Spilsbury (Community) ConsultantEngineer EngineeringSpouse is a parent volunteer at the School28.9.17
Peter High (Community)

N/AN/ASpouse is Deputy Head Teacher of Jack & Jill Pre-School, Banstead28.9.17
Jenny Frances Blanks (parent)N/AN/AChair of the PTA until 29.9.1628.9.17
Governors who have served in the past 12 months
Mike Hickin (parent)Teddington School, Surrey Education – Pastoral Care Works at another Surrey School and Spouse is a TA at the School 28.9.16
Ruth Mantle (Community)Office Manager
Nothing to declare28.9.16